Abducted school girls: Lagos Speaker hails U.S. pledge to assist Nigeria

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LAGOS – Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, on Monday commended the US Government on its pledge to assist Nigeria in the rescue of the abducted school girls in Borno State.

Ikuforiji, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rotimi Adebayo, said the promise of assistance by the U.S. government was heart warming.

“The news that the US has pledged to assist Nigeria in the efforts at rescuing the abducted school girls is most heart warming.

“And it could not have come at a better time when the whole world is getting agitated about the non-release of the girls,” the statement said.

The lawmaker said it was highly commendable for the US Senate to have passed a resolution condemning the abduction of the school girls in Nigeria.

He added that it was equally praiseworthy for the U.S. President to have acceded to the resolution of the U.S. Senate, calling on the government to assist Nigeria in the rescue efforts.

Ikuforiji also said that it was equally encouraging that US Secretary of State, Sen. John Kerry, had expressed the willingness of the country to speedily come to assist Nigeria.

The speaker appealed to the Federal Government to be more proactive and make Nigeria safer for her citizens.

He said that consideration should be given for the establishment of state police, so as to curb the insurgency effectively.

“Nigeria can no longer afford to operate a unitary police system that concentrates its command structure at the centre anymore.

“Efforts must urgently be made to embrace the state police system that will make governors the chief security officers in their states, as stipulated in the Nigerian constitution.

“Anything short of that portends grave danger for the wellbeing of our nation,” Ikuforiji said. (NAN)

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